It is time for a new wreath from my front door! I am smitten with my navy and gold living room and wanted to continue that look to the entry of the house. I have seen some gorgeous metal wreaths that have a antique and copper feel on the market right now and thought it… Read more.
Of all of the paper flower I have designed so far, and as you know I have made many, I think this is my favorite. Can I say that? Will the peonies and dahlias feel slighted? These flowers are so happy and bright and will be my care free center pieces for my winter holiday… Read more.
Last year I designed this paper bird in a larger form and used it as my tree topper. You may remember it in my Handcrafted Holiday video. It was such a hit that I filmed a full video tutorial on how to makes these as love birds. This year we are making a mini version… Read more.
It is time for another kid’s craft (you may remember our felt and pine cone turkeys) and this one though we are making it for holiday tree ornaments can be used all year round. These cute little owls come with three different personalities and with this pattern you can mix and match to make your… Read more.
I have such fun making things from Italian crepe paper and getting a set of the metallic crepes from Carti Fini made my heart flutter. You may remember my copper crepe paper acorns from a few weeks ago. These I used in my Thanksgiving table centerpiece. While I was making these I also started the… Read more.
I love how these crepe paper artichokes turned out. The pliability and soft colors of the Carte Fini crepe paper gives it a very organic and yummy feel. Don’t they look like they came straight from my garden? I will have to watch myself to make sure I don’t just plop them into a pot of… Read more.
It is time for a new video tutorial and today it’s all about the crepe paper gardenia flower. Gardenia blooms are so elegant and though they are a tropical flower are often seen as an indoor plant. My first experience of the gardenia plant was when I worked in the marketing department at Pebble Beach… Read more.
It is day two for our homemade Halloween costumes and today I am giving you a twofer! (That would be a “two in one”). Superhero costumes are a classic and we made these for our Lightning Boy and Star Girl. You can choose your child’s favorite colors for their custom costume. I found my gorgeous… Read more.
This week we are starting a series of homemade Halloween costumes that are great for last minute and are no-sew! Woo hoo! I will start the series with this adorable little dragon costume. Even though I do sew, it seemed like a fun project to create these cute costumes (there will be 4 total) using… Read more.
I am planning to make a crepe paper centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table. . . I will share all of the pieces and steps with you which will include artichokes, pine cones, mums, fall leaves and acorn. Ooooh, I am so excited to make all of these! The second piece I am making (you can… Read more.
For many weddings and events, a lot of the budget can go into your flower centerpieces. Today, I am going to show you a simple arrangement that is gorgeous, has an English garden feel and is a fun DIY project. One of my tricks for these DIY flower centerpieces is making the main focal flowers… Read more.
For my Fall porch makeover, I knew I needed a special door mat. I see me porch in two sections, the sitting area with the rocking chairs and the front door. I was able to find some pretty plum floral to make new pillow for the robin’s egg blue rocking chairs that incorporated enough… Read more.
It is time for a new Fall wreath for the door and me being one who likes to push the color boundaries and traditions, decided to make it in deep plums and purples with a touch of lime. For that color palette, the paper flower of choice must be a hydrangea, right? I started with… Read more.
I like to carry a handful of beauty products in my handbag or my carry-on when I travel. See this post for all of my carry-on tips. So rather than just tossing them into the bottom of, how about making a zipper bag to keep everything in one place? This little bag is so easy… Read more.
When Lauren and I started to plan the style and look of her wedding, it was Downton Abby that popped up as an inspiration. We knew that we wanted an English garden look for her lush bridal and bridesmaid bouquet as well as the centerpieces. Of course peonies are perfect for this look, but as… Read more.
Fall is all but here, and as a memory of spring I am sharing the full video tutorial on how to make these pretty dogwood branches. These blooming branches are easy to make by using paper covered floral wire for the branches and Italian crepe paper for each bloom. Though dogwood comes in shades of… Read more.
I am so excited to share with you my next paper flower video! Here I am showing you how I make my version of a crepe paper ranunculus which are so surprisingly easy to make. You can watch the video and place pause where you need to create along with me. These flowers use the… Read more.
How fun is this over-sized ball of bright blooms! This project is perfect for a summer fiesta, birthday party or even a colorful wedding. I made this bright paper flower pinata for a wedding. . . well, a pretend wedding that is. Today I am meeting with a handful of other Portland wedding vendors and… Read more.
Happy Monday! I know it is now July and most of the dogwood trees have dropped their blooms, but. . . wouldn’t it be nice to keep those blooms just a little longer? These blooming branches are made with Carte Fini Italian crepe paper in 180 gram weight. With my pattern that you can download… Read more.
Many of you have been asking if I could film my classes, especially the paper flower classes, and I listened. Starting with my all time favorite flower, this is the first of a series of 5 crepe paper flower classes which I will share with you in the month of July. I am filming these… Read more.